Justin Jackson: ‘I’m going to work extremely hard to try to bring more wins’
Q. Could you start out with an opening statement what you’ll bring to your new team?
“Opening statement, okay. So I guess first and foremost, I can’t say enough for how thankful I am for everybody in my circle, my family, my fiancée, first and foremost, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without him, the blessings and the abilities that He’s given me, I wouldn’t be here.”
“Now to move on to Sacramento. I mean, it’s an honor to be picked by them, knowing I’m going to an organization that I can get right to work. And hopefully I’m going to bring somebody that comes to work each and every day extremely hard and does whatever he needs to do to try to be successful, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
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Q. We talked a little bit yesterday about how you and De’Aaron know each other way back. Now you’re ending up on the same tam. Any thoughts about being reunited with someone from your hometown and someone that you played with?
“Yeah, it’s going to be good to at least have kind of a familiar face out there. Sacramento is a long ways away, so to have somebody that I’ve been around and I know really well, that’ll be great.”
Q. Are you excited about the youth? Obviously De’Aaron is a guy you know, but the youth in Sacramento and obviously trying to build something special there?
“Yeah, I feel like it’s a great situation overall. I mean, it’s a good organization. I got to know them a little bit whenever I went out there for a workout, and it seemed like it’s a group of guys that is going towards trying to be successful and guys that come in and work every single day. Hopefully I can step right in and continue that, and we’ll see where it goes.”
Q. A lot of young guys on this roster. I think it’s eight guys on rookie scale contracts. Is that how you build this thing? Is that what you’re going into thinking, is that how you build this thing?
“I guess that’s what the GM and all of them are thinking. I mean, youth, everybody will mature and everybody is — like I said before, everybody is trying to work extremely hard. I’m looking forward to it, getting to know the guys a little bit more and getting in there and getting right to work. So you know, I’m looking forward to it. Everything else, whatever happens happens, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Q. Hasn’t been a lot of wins in Sacramento. You’re used to winning. How are you going to deal with that?
“I’m going to work extremely hard to try to bring more wins. I mean, at the end of the day, whatever the situation that I’m in or any of these guys are in, we’ve got to deal with it. So for me, I’m going to work my hardest to try to make that situation better as much as I can, and I know everybody else in the organization is. You know, it’ll definitely be a group effort, and we’re definitely going to try to change things.”
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